BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A 15-year-plus veteran of the SAA and a member of the SAA board for 10 years, Chris D. Brower is a passionate advocate of the automotive industry and the role that analytics and market intelligence plays in business decision-making, scenario planning and new venture development. Chris is committed to fostering mentorship opportunities, industry insights, and professional, civic, and social enrichment across a wide array of automotive industry verticals, all with the promise to offer enhanced value to SAA members.
As Director at DuckerFrontier, a leading global market intelligence and consulting firm, Chris is responsible for partnering with emerging and multinational corporations to design, build, and strengthen their go-to-market strategy and channel management practices for long-term growth. DuckerFrontier has spent more than 60 years at the forefront of changing markets and industries to help businesses grow through shifting market dynamics. With his automotive industry expertise, Chris has directed dozens of engagements across mobility (smart cities, electrification, technology, and aftermarket), industrials, metals/materials, energy, F&I, commercial truck/trailer, and high-tech sectors to provide valued insights to help executives develop the right strategic roadmap based on industry trends.
Previously, Chris was Managing Director at an investment fund where he was responsible for innovation scouting, investment diligence, commercialization, and business development for investments in off-grid power distribution, clean tech., and other enabling technologies. Prior to the fund, Chris served in leadership roles across operations, business development, finance, and strategy. He is the President of the Society of Automotive Analysts, a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Business Leaders Economic Roundtable, and a mentor to UofM’s PE/VC program. Chris earned his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, his BA from Albion College, and studied at the University of London School of Economics.
Scott Tappan is a senior sales and marketing executive with over 20 years leading automotive teams in technology, digital and manufacturing companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. His background includes an extensive career at General Motors where he built a solid automotive foundation in field sales, brand management, e-GM and OnStar.
At OnStar, Scott played a central role launching XM Satellite Radio in GM vehicles, receiving the GM Chairman’s Award for his contribution. He then moved to SiriusXM Radio as the VP of automotive sales, marketing and operations. His team transformed the SiriusXM brand identity in the automotive sector and pioneered a new “remarketing” vertical that captured 1 million new subscribers from used vehicle buyers in the first year by negotiating customer data contracts with all OEMs and their respective dealers.
Scott then acquired significant digital experience by taking on the chief sales officer role at digital marketing firm Search Optics. His team of 120 professionals delivered a 60% increase in revenue in one year from selling digital solutions such as websites, paid search and social media to dealers and dealer groups.
After two years serving as VP of sales and marketing at EBSCO Industries in Sarasota, FL, Scott returned to his automotive roots in Detroit. He recently accepted a role at United Road Services, leading the national sales and marketing efforts. United Road is a premier auto transport company, shipping over three million vehicles annually throughout the United States and Canada.
Scott volunteers his time as an executive mentor at Techstars Mobility, which invests in start-up companies building technologies and innovative business models that impact how people and goods move across all modes of transportation. Leading mobility themes include autonomous, connected, shared, and electric vehicles.
Jeff Bagalis is Managing Director at Accurity Group, LLC. He is also the founding member of Bagalis Advisory LLC.
Prior to his current role, Jeff was Director in the Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group for Stout. He provided litigation consulting services for purposes including professional malpractice, financial reporting fraud, automotive industry OEM and supplier claims, business interruption claims, post-acquisition disputes. In connection with these services, he regularly performed fact finding and discovery assistance, lost profit calculations, business valuations, lost earnings and wages computations, and other financial analyses.
As Managing Director at Ducker Worldwide, Abey works closely with key North American and Global accounts to help achieve strategic growth objectives. With a core focus on Ducker’s light vehicle and materials practice, Abey is actively involved in client initiatives including alternative light weighting and materials strategies, telematics and infotainment technology assessment, alternative supplier assessments, as well as market entry in developing regions.
Abey has extensive research and strategic planning expertise in the automotive and material industries. With over 12 years of experience Abey directs multiple client engagements in the fields of technology trend assessment, competitive analysis, the voice of customer, market size and segmentation and data modeling. Since joining Ducker, Abey has managed several global initiatives throughout out the world including leading project teams throughout Europe and Asia. Abey is a speaker for many automotive market events including light vehicle material trends and market entry strategies for foreign markets.
Abey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Ducker, Mr. Abraham held positions within US Airways Corporation and CDW Corporation in Account Management, Strategy, and Business & Product Development disciplines. He is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
As the Trade Commissioner responsible for the Automotive Industry within the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit, Anne Cascadden has responsibilities to promote Canadian supplier capabilities and investment value proposition in this industry within the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
Anne has been with the Consulate for over 25 years. She began in the Tourism division before moving to Trade in 1993 and took over the automotive file in 2000.
Ms. Cascadden was born in Windsor, Ontario. She holds diplomas in Communications and Tourism Marketing and a B.S. degree in Political Science.
Ken Horbatiuk is Manager of Competitive Intelligence for NAFTA FCA US LLC. With over 32 years at the company, he has held various positions with increasing responsibility in Sales Operations, Product Strategy and Product Planning. Prior to joining FCA, he worked at GM of Canada.
He is an automotive consultant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a life-time member with the Automotive Hall of Fame and a member of the Automotive Press Association.
Ken received his BBA with Majors in Business and Economics from Northwood University and has served as Adjunct Instructor at the institution. He also earned an MBA with a Marketing concentration from Wayne State University.
Colin Langan is a Director in the General Industrials group at UBS covering the US Automotive sector. He joined UBS in 2005 as an Associate Analyst in this sector.
Earlier in his career, Colin was a Senior Associate at Deloitte & Touche. He holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Colin is a CFA charterholder and a certified public accountant.
Daron is partner-in-charge of the firm’s strategy and automotive industry consulting practices. With more than four decades of industry experience in automotive, manufacturing, energy and experience, Daron is known for his versatility and thoughtful, strategic insights as a trusted advisor to executives globally.
Daron’s extensive experience includes technology, operations and strategic management consulting for a wide range of companies in manufacturing and services, encompassing strategy, market and operational assessments, due diligence, restructuring, and business planning for technologies in advanced vehicles, energy, and environmental applications. He has also served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy on the automotive industry and advanced technologies.
Daron has a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Industrial Administration from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).
Fred Hubacker has over 40 years of experience providing senior leadership, advisory and business development services for companies in the automotive industry. He has served in numerous executive roles throughout his tenure with Venture Companies Worldwide, New Venture Gear Inc., Textron Inc., Acustar, Inc., the Chrysler components manufacturing subsidiary, and Chrysler Corporation.
Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, Mr. Hubacker was a Senior Executive consultant responsible for evaluating potential automotive acquisitions for Apollo Management LLC and additionally for Wynnchurch Capital. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman for Venture Companies Worldwide where he led all business development activities and customer marketing efforts for the Company. Mr. Hubacker served as the Chief Executive Officer for New Venture Gear, a $1.8B supplier of driveline components where he led the Company to four consecutive record profitable years. He also served as President and COO of Textron Automotive Company and Group Vice President of Textron Inc. Textron Automotive was a $2B supplier of interior/exterior plastic components, metal stampings, fuel systems, and engine and seating components. He began his career at Chrysler Corporation where he advanced to numerous senior financial and operating positions including CFO of Acustar and Group Controller, Procurement and Supply Operations. As a leading expert in the automotive industry, Mr. Hubacker has significant interaction with senior executives and board members on various financial and operational issues and has been the lead advisor and interim CEO in several major automotive operational and due diligence assignments. Notable assignments at Conway MacKenzie have included; Delphi restructuring team, lender advisor regarding the Chrysler restructuring, advisor to numerous private equity firms regarding acquisitions of HHI, Metaldyne , Chrysler Viper operations and the Ford Premier Automotive Group. Most recently, Mr. Hubacker has served as President & CEO of Gill Industries.
Mr. Hubacker received his Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. He has served on several corporate Boards of Directors, including: Axle Tech International, Android Industries, JL French, Noble International, Jervis B. Webb and Burgaflex. He is currently on the Board of Delta Tooling Company and Gill Industries and served on the Board of Trustees and a member of the Finance Committee at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. He is also a former Board member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.
Cristi Landy is the Lead Vehicle Product Manager at Waymo - formerly known as Google Self-driving Car Project. Cristi joined Waymo in 2017.
Prior to joining Waymo, Cristi was the Director of Global Chevrolet Product Strategy at General Motors. Before that, she was Chevrolet Marketing Director responsible for Small Cars and Electric Vehicles. Cristi was the Product Marketing Manager for the Chevrolet Volt from concept car to production.
Throughout her career, she has held a variety of positions in Engineering, Marketing, Program Management and Portfolio Planning. Cristi began her career at GM as an engineer at Saturn. In her first assignment, she was awarded a patent on engine diagnostics.
Cristi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Michigan.
Jeanette Pierce is a social entrepreneur and lifelong city resident who grew up in the Morningside neighborhood on the east side of Detroit. She has a bachelor’s of arts degree in communication from Aquinas College, and has been walking to work since she moved to downtown Detroit in 2003...which is pretty much unheard of in the Motor City.
In 2006, while working at United Way for Southeastern Michigan, she founded a grassroots nonprofit that used tours and experiences to take people beyond the headlines and educate them about Detroit’s history, culture and community. Today that organization has evolved into the Detroit Experience Factory which operates the only Detroit Welcome Center and creates eye-opening experiences and innovative resources that connect locals and visitors to Detroit’s people, places and projects. Over 95,000 people have taken a tour in the last 12 years to learn about Detroit’s assets, small businesses, historic neighborhoods, city planning and development policies and innovative solutions to the challenges the city faces.
She has presented at more than 100 events including the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance’s Annual Meeting, The City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Organization Workshop and the International Downtown Association’s Urban District Forum. She was honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top 20 in their 20s, has been awarded the Shining Light Future Leader Award from the Detroit Free Press, Shooting Star Award from MichBusiness and the Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award.
Jeff Schuster is Senior Vice President of Forecasting at LMC Automotive. He is responsible the Americas, with forecasting activity in North and South American under his direction. Mr. Schuster is also a member of the LMC Automotive board of directors. Included in his role is the leadership of the regional sales, production and powertrain forecasting services that detail manufacturer, segment, platform, model, and plant trends. In addition, he is one of the firm’s primary global automotive experts.
Mr. Schuster has been tracking developments in the global automotive industry for nearly twenty years and has been with LMC Automotive since its inception in 2011. He is widely quoted by the automotive media in print, radio and broadcast television. He frequently makes industry conference and seminar presentations covering the current assessment and outlook of the automotive industry.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schuster led the automotive forecast division of J.D. Power and Associates and has experience in financial analysis and cash management in the automotive supply base.
Mr. Schuster holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a Master of Science degree in corporate finance from Walsh College. He is an active member of Society of Automotive Analysts and the Automotive Press Association.
Ethan Snyder is an automotive strategist with a history of success channeling industry curiosity to impact business planning and product development. Currently he is Director of Product Planning for Rivian, an electric vehicle start-up based in Plymouth, MI.
Known for insightful competitive analysis as a Product Planner with Infiniti, he worked on virtually every vehicle in the portfolio. This included upstream concept development for Q50 and next generation crossovers, QX80 minor change, quality standards, and special editions. Snyder has broad-based experience developing global relationships, and influencing, coaching and leading others. He is an expert in using automotive planning resources including JD Power PIN, Strategic Vision, R.L Polk, PAI, and AutoPlanner, to generate rich, cohesive, and persuasive “executive friendly” presentations. At Nissan, Snyder also held key roles in business strategy, socio-economic forecasting, and marketing.
In April of 2016 he earned an MBA with Distinction from the University Of Michigan. For his Multidisciplinary Action Project, Ethan traveled to Limerick, Ireland and led a team of physicians to develop a strategic marketing plan for a start-up physical therapy mobile application launching in the UK. He holds a B.S. in Management with a minor in Philosophy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Ethan began his career at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as an Information Management business partner. At J&J he conceived and implemented an enterprise-wide initiative to improve the level of accessibility on company websites for people with disabilities. Later he led a global medical affairs effort to automate clinical trial reviews.
Prompted by a lifelong love of cars, Snyder was fortunate to transition to a dream job in Automotive in 2007. He found that many of the fundamental skills he developed at J&J, most notably how to develop a deep understanding of customer needs, were directly transferable to his work as a Product Planner.
Ethan Snyder currently resides in Northville, MI and Franklin, TN. He is an Eagle Scout and his passions include family, running, music, and automotive restoration. Personal Email: email@example.com
David B. Stout has served as a Director of SAE International and was 2016 chair of the SAE Detroit Section where he has organized numerous technical workshops. He also is chair of the SAE Publications Operating Board and is on the SAE Commercial Vehicle Executive Council. He is a founder of the annual Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC), currently in its 9th year finals with finals held at the 2017 SAE World Congress. David consults for high technology companies, mostly European, in the business development and strategic assessment arena. He is also a founder and investor in the battery enhancement start-up, LogiCoul Solutions. He is EVP, Business Development for that company. He will be a board member of the Society of Automotive Analysts beginning in 2017.
Previously David held leadership positions at Corning, both in North America and in Europe, in its electronics and fiber optic communications businesses. More recently he has been president of TEMIC Automotive, an automotive electronics division of Daimler Benz and VP, Americas for WABCO Vehicle Control Systems.
Mr. Stout has his undergraduate degree from Cornell University where he rowed on a national champion lightweight rowing team and received an MBA from University of Chicago in International Business and Finance.
Tom Libby is a Loyalty Solutions Expert with IHS Markit based in Southfield, Mich. As a Loyalty Solutions Expert, Tom provides insights and supporting analyses on various topics to U.S. – based automotive clients. One of IHS Markit’s thought leaders, Tom frequently writes for the company's blog where he posts compelling questions and commentary. Prior to joining IHS, Tom worked at both Ford Motor Company (Ford and Lincoln-Mercury Divisions) and J.D. Power and Associates (including the Power Information Network).
Tom is a member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Society of Automotive Analysts, and he is also a member of the Automotive Press Association. During 2009 Tom wrote a regular blog called the Libby Letter for the on-line version of the Detroit Free Press.
Tom received a bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst College and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Columbia University. He has served as an adjunct Professor of Market Research at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.